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The Guardian fails to take into consideration that music is experienced in a physically different way to how we experience literature. If you are taking in something visually, with tactile elements (holding the book or scrolling a webpage) as you do when you are reading, then things like mise en page and the book as object become much more important. While album artwork and owning a physical object aren’t irrelevant, because of the nature of audio, they aren’t as integral to the music listening experience as the physical book.
I think you’re right about audiobooks, much more likely both for digital distribution and pirating.
I’ve heard that point made, Katherine, and I do agree with it to an extent, but I remember musicos getting quite hung up on the fact that CDs would never be popular as a music delivery system because they lacked the physicality of the old vinyl discs with their covers.
My feeling is that the physicality of books is important to me; but, then, I’ve grown up reading books in dead tree format.
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